2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Larkmead Vineyard
This is a new bottling for us, from an historic vineyard on Larkmead Lane which surrounds the former Hans Kornell Winery—which in turn enclosed the historic Larkmead Winery. That winery dated from the 1880's, when it was owned by Lillie Hitchcock Coit of Coit Tower fame. Located on the valley floor, we surmise that Ritchey Creek, separating the Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain appellations, once ran through this site, resulting in the prominent gravel and excellent drainage which distinguishes this vineyard. I had worked with some parcels from Larkmead while I was with Rudd, so I knew its potential for quality. This first vintage is blended of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Verdot and 9% Malbec.